Powered Industrial Truck Safety Course

Welcome to the forklift safety online course. This course will take you about 45 to 60 minutes to complete, including the test at the end.  If you need to, you can stop anywhere in the course by clicking  on the right-hand side and select take a break.

After you finish the course, you may click 'submit test'

After you have completed this course you will need additional hands-on training on the specific forklift you will be using, in order to meet the COSTA training requirements for forklift operators.

Safe Operation of Forklifts

The Risk of Ignoring Forklift Safety

You must be 18 years or older to operate a forklift.  You must be trained and authorized on each piece of equipment you wish to operate.

Approximately 35,000 serious injuries and 62,000 non-serious injuries involving forklifts occur in the United States every year.  OSHA estimates 11% of all forklifts are involved in accidents every year.

Data indicates that the largest cause of fatal or serious forklift accidents is:

  • Being crushed between the vehicle and a surface.
  • Being struck by the vehicle
  • Vehicle tip-overs.
  • Being struck by falling material.

The different types of powered industrial trucks

What is a powered industrial truck (P.I.T.)?

Definition:  A powered vehicle used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack or tier materials.

Another way of describing powered industrial trucks is that they include standard forklifts and special use forklifts and industrial vehicles.  

The Industrial Truck Association list seven classes of PITs we are only going to cover the PITs that Costa Solutions uses.